Research at the Institute of Technical Chemistry is mainly related to technical polymer chemistry with a special focus on sustainability aspects. Important topics are detailed modeling of polymerization processes to identify and optimize conditions giving access to tailor-made polymers, polymerization of bio-based monomers, emulsion polymerizations, preparation of polymer electrolyte membranes being essential for energy storage or fuel cell applications, and the use of supercritical CO2 as a reaction and process medium. In addition, we are interested in synthesis under technically relevant conditions, characterization, and applications of fluoropolymers.
Publications "Polymer Reaction Engineering meets Explainable Machine Learning" on-line
This work was funded by the DFG (German Research Foundation) within the Priority Programme “SPP 2331: Machine Learning in Chemical Engineering”.
Publication on kinetic Monte Carlo simulations of butyl acrylate polymerizations on-line (invited article)
Kinetic Monte Carlo Simulations as a Tool for Unraveling the Impact of Solvent and Temperature on Polymer Topology for Self-Initiated Butyl Acrylate Radical Polymerizations at High Temperatures
Poster prize of the MACRO2022 conference
The poster entitled "Modeling Semi-Batch Vinyl Acetate Polymerization Processes" of Dr. Marco Drache and Andreas Feuerpfeil was awarded a poster prize at the 49th World Polymer Congress - MACRO 2022 in Winnipeg/Canada.